Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 1080; 28 IBU
Formerly called Arcadia Scotch Ale

Our tribute to the Scottish Highlands, this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. The rich, full-bodied texture reveals notes of roasted chestnuts and caramel in the smooth single-malt style brew. Balanced with just the right amount of hop character, this beer delights with crisp alcohol finish.

Added by zerk on 10-02-2002

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Ratings: 558 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of edchicma
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This offering pours a cloudy brown with a decent following head. Smell is decent, presenting a light smoky quality. Taste is sweet and rich in its maltiness...also presenting that nice smoky quality. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, syrupy...very nice. Overall a very nice sipper.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/6 inch head of pale tan. Good retentiona and slight lacing. Smells of a hint of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight nut, hint of earthy malt, and dry hop. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of a hint of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, slight dry hop, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, lacking in appearance, decent aroma, blend and body.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma.Pours a nice thick brown color. Rich, deep taste. Much richer than other scotch ales I've had. It leaves a great coating on my tounge. Leaves me with a good impression.
Drinks great for its thick body and 7.5%
A very quality scotch ale to enjoy in the mid-day.

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Photo of BierFan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma, almost seems a bit smokey. Unlike any other Scotch ale I've had. They usually have a very "in your face" caramel aroma. The smell honestly reminds me of a dry stout. Not true to the style, but it still smells nice.

Taste: Very sweet. Alot like the smell. Dark malts, a little smokey, no huge caramel presence.

Mouthfeel: Rich, and slick.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I wouldn't mind knocking back a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 12 oz bottle.

Pours a mahogany brown with a bit of coffee-and-cream colored lacing. Appears to have the slightest red tint to it when held up to the light.

Smells like brown sugar and toasted oats.

Tastes like brown sugar and honey over dry grains. The slightest hint of hops on the after taste. Finishes clean.

Feels thick but a bit on the flat side.

A very good dark ale. Would be easy to drink a few of these and I would definitely jump at the chance to have more...if certain more complex options weren't available, that is.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with really nice Scottish-themed label

Appearance: Nice bright beer...dark walnut with a tan head with decent retention

Smell: Lots of sweet dark and caramel malts, hints of alcohol soaked fruit

Taste: In keeping with the aroma; it's mildly alcoholic, sweet and fruity, with a touch of smoke on the finish...simple but real nice

Mouthfeel: Rich, fairly heavy

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Good by the fire sipping beer for the colder months...this is a nice representation of the style

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness Pint from a 12 oz bottle marked "G2".

A: No head with a dark brown body.

S: Little roast, slight smoke, sweet and malty.

T:Rich and sweet, malty for sure, flavors like the aroma. After is a roasty malt and residual sweetness.

M: Thick, almost syrupy.

D: Very thick and sweet.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a small, tan head that dissipated quickly.

S: Big caramel sweetness and some dark fruit in the aroma. Some slight roasted notes as well.

T: Intense toffee and caramel tastes up front, with a slightly smoky backing. A touch of raisin-like flavor and some mild hop bitterness rounds it all out.

M: Sturdy medium body and lower carbonation. Feel is slick, yet a little sticky and the finish is quite sweet.

D: A sipper, in my opinion, and one that opens up as it warms.

This is my first go at a Scotch ale, and I can definitely see the appeal. I'm pretty sure that this was an old bottle, so I'd love to try a fresh one. Sweet, but not overly so. I like it.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours med brown. sits clear, deep brown-amber

Smell: a mild fruitiness. red grapes. extremely subtle, mild hops

Taste: has a very mild bitterness to it. mostly malt sweetness but not much dark fruit. hint of yeastiness. pretty mild flavors all around

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation

Notes: unfortunately this is only my second scotch ale, following scotty karate. very mild relatively speaking to that, but a decent representative of the style nonetheless

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Photo of nickynick
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia Scotch Ale poured a dark brown/ruby with a nice tan head. Also showed some nice lacing. The smell of this beer was faint. A bit of hops and malt, but not much to smell. The taste was full however. Hints of roasted nuts, followed by tons of dark fruits. Very fruity ale. A bit of hops in the end as well. Mouthfeel was good. Nice carbon, and good weight. Drinkability was just ok. It seemed a bit filling, and the 7.5 ABV really hit me. Overall this was a nice ale. Good for the style. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of bottle this beer was a very dark copper color that was approaching opaque. The one finger head was tan, retained as a collar and left solid lacing. The aroma was of caramel malt, toasted malt, a hint of smoke, some sourness and spice. The flavors were at first of caramel malt but then became more nutty and a little astringent. The bitter hops and smoke notes combined to make something notably acidic on my tongue and not as malty as I would prefer. The finish was of roasted malt, however, and much closer to my approximation of the style. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation excellent.

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Photo of kbeals
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very dark, a bit a a ruby tint to it. About 2 fingers of tan, creamy head, virtually no lacing, head retention not bad. Smells are of both roasted and sweet malts, caramel, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is relatively sweet, has sort of a roasted flavor, coffee-like, a bit of alcohol to round it off. The beer is pretty smooth, and pretty well carbonated. Good drinkability too. Overall a pretty decent brew. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

my first michigan beer. we don't get many of the midwestern beers here in massachusetts, and the ones we get aren't really the ones you want. exhibit a, right here.

unusually dark. sweet malts capture nose and a little spice. not a bad taste, but a little muddled: bready, spiced, molasses. medium bodied, very lively in mouth. but a pretty dull wee heavy.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark cola/porter color with a thin soapy white head.Aroma is earthy dark caramel malt,a hint at some faint smoke,a touch of butter,and maby a sugary fruit like plumbs. Flavor is complex and malt driven some chocolate,bananas,sweet toasted malt,earthy peat,licorice,full mouthfeel,lively carbonation,slight alcohol finish.Way better than expected,I could drink a shit load of this. Good job Arcadia.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: chestnut brown with no head and minimal carbonation. It looks like it is just sitting there in the glass.

Smell: earth, malt, a bit of wood, to me it smells like chardonnay

Taste: sweet chocolate malt and a touch of wood, a slight touch of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: heavy, dry, a bitter start with a sweet finish

Drinkability: To me this tastes like the beer equivalent of chardonnay--dry, a bit sour, and a bit sweet..a complex beer that I could have two of in a sitting, but not much more...I think it is good for its style.

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Photo of claytri
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hearty brown with a light tan head. The aroma is of strong sweet malt. The beer tastes of sweet malt with a bit of alcohol burn in the back. The feel is heavy and wet. This is a good drinkable scotch ale. It would do equally well with strong meats or as a session beer if you don't mind the ABV.

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Photo of BasementDweller
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can someone PLEASE tell me what all the fuss is about? I really tried to like this beer. Heck, I tried to like ALL of Arcadia's stuff, but I just can't do it in good conscience. Where's the smoke?? Where's the peat?? The commercial description says plums, toffee, caramel and roasted chestnuts, but all I could taste was (unsmoked) malt. Talk about unremarkable, while I was drinking this beer I thought to myself, "Hey, I should be drinking beer," followed by, "Oh wait, I guess I am."

Okay, technical stuff:

Pours brown, tan head. Aroma is malty, I guess, but utterly without character. If pressed to describe the aroma further, I guess I'd say, "dark malt, touch of earth," but that's just about it. On the palate this beer is thin with bland malt character. Low carbonation (standard) and too light in body for the style. It doesn't taste bad, per se, but it also doesn't taste like much of anything.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown color with a nice thick head that settled into a solid cap. Lots of yeast floaters floating about. The aroma is of brown sugar, some woody spice, bready malt and apple/raisin sweetness. The taste is sweet and woody. Sweet raisin and oak like flavors, a deep bready malt, and a touch of spice. The feel is chewy with airy carbonation, a little sweet and sticky. A nice malty beverage, seems to have oxidized or aged a bit. Not the most intense "scotch" flavor but still a decent example of the style.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest I had about three ales before this one, so the transparent result could be caused by this.

Appearance- Dark. Maybe a little iddy biddy brown.

Aroma-Very light and bitter. Almost transparent.

Pallet- Interesting very light transparent. Not as robust as most Scotch Ale I'm use to. A little apple sauce in the back. When drank and drink is incarcerated in mouth. Becomes more robust, alcohol and malt prevail

Finish- This is where the beer turns magical. Upon the finish is where the essence of this beer is displayed. I taste apples, pears, some maple, and cedar. The flavors are sent in layers of tranquility. Which is genius. How they did that I don't know. It's amazing though.

Guzzle- Drinks as easy as anything.

Texture- Ale like

Extra: Again the backlash of flavor in the finish made this beer something else But with that said I'm not going to give a beer 5 stars because of innovation. The backlash was simply scrumptious and full.

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Photo of rmasen
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very very dark brown (could not detect light through until I held it to the light) with an almost khaki foam head

S: very sweet malt scent with hints of alcohol

T: Very warm flavor the malt sweetness tinges the back of my jaw a sharp feeling of alcohol and carbonation attack the tounge when held

M:very full texture with a good amount of carbonation

D very strong malt flavor not recomended for anyone who regularly drinks lighter beers but the sweetness is intriguing

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a dark brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of peat, light smoke, caramel, coffee. and earth. Tastes of toffee, light smoke, chocolate, and some coffee. Medium alcohol finish.

Notes from 08/13/06.

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Photo of spointon
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a stemmed Arcadia Ales glass.

A= This ale poured a very dark but relatively clear reddish brown color without any head whatsoever.

S= Somewhat muted aromas of sweet carmelly malts, smokiness, and vanilla.

T= Taste is where this ale won me over. Like the smell, the flavors started from a base of sweet carmelly malts, then grew into a nicely complex blend of roasted grain, vanilla, slight woodiness, and possibly a flash or two of smoked peat. Some mild diacetyl through the middle as well. Drying alcohol in the finish was appropriate and pleasant.

MF= Heavy-ish body that was slick and gave my tongue a nice coating. Carbonation was surprisingly crisp seeing as how there was no head and very little perceptible carb release.

D= I admit I really like Wee Heavies, and I was very impressed with this one. I thought the complexity of flavor was terrific, and made this one drinkable beer.

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Photo of danielharper
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber coloration, very nearly brown. Thick brown head that thins but does not disappear and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of bread, malt. Slightly sweet. Not a lot there, but it's not bad.

Taste: Strongly sweet, cloying. Quite dry on the finish. Notes of apples and cherries, a touch of citrus and grapefruit. It's pretty clean overall, but it doesn't even come close to the kind of immense complexity that a really fine Scotch Ale like Skullsplitter can offer.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but leaves a coating along the tongue and palate. No carbonation, no hops, very flat.

Drinkability: Overall I feel like my numerical ratings are a bit unfair for this beer. It's not really a bad beer (I'd probably buy it again sometime) but it's not really giving me anything to work with. A decent high-ABV programmer, nothing more.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark, ruby red. Good head of tan foam.

S - Malty with toast, dark fruit - cherries and raisins - and caramel.

T - On the sweet side with a rich fruity body, some metal,licorice, toast and spicy alcohol. Drawn out bitter finish.

M - Chewy body with low carbonation.

D - Nice rich brew. Lots of flavour.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but translucent amber-brown. No head to speak of, except tonsure, and not too much perceptible aroma. Very spunky carbonation and great fizzy mouthfeel, as well as an appropriate weight. Only problem is alcohol much too evident on the front end; perhaps for this reason, the maltiness is a fairly vague taste of toast, slightly brown-sugary but not sweet taste. Perhaps less drinkable than McEwan's, but more drinkable than most fine American microbrew Scotch Ales given this less distracting profile. Again, few can beat the carbonation perks here. Post facto taste is substantial . . . smokiness and peat do linger on far after the beer's done (but before food is consumed). All in all quite pleasurable.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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